Best of luck, John. Sorry to read about your pain, but hopefully the surgery will go well and you'll be up and around before you know it.
I've had that same sort of pain a couple of times in the past three or four months, but it went away after about five minutes each time. Excruciating, though. One of these days, I'll think more seriously about going to a doctor.
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I hope all goes well for you. When I started reading your post, I immediately thought about it being a hernia.
John, I am sorry to hear you are going through all of this. I am sure everything will go well. I will be keeping you in my prayers my friend. After all, I still need my movie buddy!!! In fact, you are one of my favs on this forum. It is people like you that makes it a lot of fun here, as well as, quite educating.
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Sorry to hear. I really don't envy the situation...
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Best of luck with the surgery. Just remember 2 things.
As much as you might like being macho...take the pain meds regularly for a few days it will REALLY help.
Most important...FOLLOW DOCTORS ORDERS! You will probably be told NOT to do any heavy lifting, nothing over 5lbs is the norm. FOLLOW THIS ADVICE! It will help immensely with a speedy recovery.
The reason for then weight restriction is so that you don't give yourself a HERNIA while you are healing!
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Hang in there my man. I've been told the 3 worst procedures are the UPP (which I had), bone marrow extraction, and unfortunately... higher end hernia stuff. I had the UPP done and I can tell you I had no concept of pain until I went through that. I've had some tough deals like breaking my shoulder, ripping all four cuffs, and basically having my arm dangle out the socket - all at once along with serious road rash from my motorcycle wreck. I've been stabbed twice and had to have chest tube put in after a car wreck to reinflate a collapsed lung. ALL PALE in comparison to the UPP.
So... you're probably wondering why I'm blathering about all this. It's simple - take your pain meds and do exactly what you're told. Prepare everything in advance... everything you think you can possible need. Go online and find some discussion group that have been through it and find out what you can expect.
I learned a couple valuable things that eased the suffering just enough so that I wouldn't put a bullet in my head. I think with these procedures, it's not just the severity of the pain but the duration it lasts. You sorda start to lose hope after few days.
You'll be okay, if you just do the homework and take those meds. We'll see you on the other side. I'll be thinking about you.
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Good luck man, hope everything goes smoothly for you.